July 31, 2014

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Mother gets probation

MEDINA — An Akron woman was placed on three years of probation Thursday after being convicted of stealing $3,300 in merchandise from the Wadsworth Wal-Mart with her two adult children.

Gizell Tucker, 47, pleaded no contest last month to three felony counts of complicity to commit theft. She could have been sentenced to a year in prison on each count.

Medina County Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler ordered Tucker to pay back a third of the stolen merchandise — $1,100 — to Wal-Mart. He warned her that violating probation would land her in jail for six months.

Prosecutors asked that Tucker be barred from seeing her children, who are co-defendants. Kimbler denied the request.

“Quite frankly, she’s going to disobey that and I don’t want to set her up for failure,” Kimbler said.

Reports indicate the family stole a Samsung home theater and other items from Wal-Mart, 222 Smokerise Drive, on April 20, 2013. They returned to the store and stole other items, police said, on July 21, and Aug. 3 and 14.

Her daughter, 22-year-old Ryane Tucker, pleaded no contest to identical charges on April 1 and awaits a May 12 sentencing.

Her son, Ross Tucker, also 22, was entered into a three-year drug intervention program on identical charges and a count of aggravated drug possession. If he completes the program, his charges will be dropped.

The Tuckers were arrested in October and November following an investigation.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.